May 26, 2013 – June 1, 2013

Baby Beet Tarte Tatin from 'River Cottage Veg'

This savory tarte tatin is the first recipe I bookmarked when I got my copy of River Cottage Veg and the dish I most anticipated cooking and eating. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's take on the French dessert is the perfect example of the wonders of vegetable cookery. Beets—the candy of the vegetable world—are excellent in the role of apples in this tart. Paired with buttery puff pastry and pungent shallot-parsley vinaigrette, they are sweet and savory all at once. Each bite is a treat. More

Upgraded Mind Eraser

Despite the name, the classic Mind Eraser is really just a watered down Black Russian. This version subs in mighty 151-proof rum to give it a little more kick. It's worth seeking out Lemon Hart 151 for its rich, bold flavor. More

Hot Pepper Relish

Whether you remove the seeds from the hot peppers for a sweeter heat, or leave them in for some fiery intensity, this relish will bring new meaning to the "hot" in hot dog. More

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Buttermilk-Dill Dressing

I like to serve grilled hearts of romaine lettuce with a rich, tangy buttermilk dressing shot through with fragrant dill, topped with sweet tomatoes and crisp rounds of spicy radishes. This super-simple recipe only takes 20 minutes to prepare and will surely stand out at your next summer barbecue. More

Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

We have reached the end of May, and with it, the last dish of Marmaggedon. This recipe celebrates Marmite's salty, savory flavor in the form of ale-stewed beef wrapped in flakey pastry. It makes a hearty, filling dinner but could just as easily go along on a picnic as a chilled dish, instead. More

Caponata from 'River Cottage Veg'

Caponata is one of my favorite dippy things to whip out for summertime entertaining. A tangy sweet-and-sour melange of eggplant, tomatoes, and briny olives, the dish plays well with summer staples like grilled bread, grilled chicken, and grilled...well, anything. This version, from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's version in River Cottage Veg, calls for an ingredient that I'd never thought to include in my caponatas: chocolate. More

Cucumber and Lettuce Vichyssoise from 'River Cottage Veg'

Chilled potato-leek soup, or Vichyssoise, is an excellent budget dish to have up one's sleeve. At its most basic, the soup's humble ingredients combine to form a silky, luxurious meal far greater than the sum of its parts. The velvety green soup in River Cottage Veg contains not only the potatoes and leeks, but also a couple of cucumbers and heads of butter lettuce as well. The greenery adds a refreshing touch and brilliant color to the soup, and the dollop of creme fraiche at the end is the perfect tangy-rich note to finish. More